If you visit Rockefeller Center in New York before the end of the year, you’ll see an “art installation” consisting of $1,000,000 in one-cent coins.
Silda Wall Spitzer, the wife of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, joined more than 300 elementary and middle school students from New York to unveil the “Penny Harvest Field,” an exhibition featuring an estimated 100 million pennies, most of them collected by children, between Oct. 22 and Thanksgiving.
A serious coin collector wouldn’t mind spending hours sifting through these coins for the chance to come upon a rarity. Instead, the cents will go back to the students and teachers who contributed them. They will choose the charities to be recipients of the funds, presumably in the form of checks rather than bags of cents.
Making Cents, for Children, at Rockefeller Center [New York Times]
Updated September 4, 2016 and originally published December 11, 2007.